The St. Rita Baseball Program currently has 38 former players continuing their careers at the collegiate level. Today, you can add six more players to that impressive list as the St. Rita Community held a ceremony to commemorate the 2018 seniors who have committed to play college baseball.
Catcher Jake Zylman will be continuing his baseball career at Heatland CC in Bloomington, IL. Zylman is a 3-year starter for the Mustang baseball team. He was also the Chicago Catholic League Blue offensive MVP this past football season. He suffered a Liz Franc tear to the top of his foot on October 13th at Brother Rice, but after a grueling rehab, he's just about ready to return to his customary spot behind the dish for the Mustangs.
Centerfielder David Gleaves signed with South Suburban CC. Gleaves was a reserve outfielder for the Mustangs his junior season and bats leadoff and plays centerfield for the 2018 Mustangs. He was very instrumental as a catalyst at the top of the lineup this past summer as St. Rita captured the Phil Lawler Summer State Championship. Gleaves also was an All-Catholic League Blue wide receiver in the fall as he led the Mustangs in catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns
Second baseman Mike Skoraczewski will continue his career at Calumet College of St. Joseph. The speedy senior played a key role for the Mustangs this past summer in their march to the summer state title as he was a spark plug on offense against Brother Rice in the regional quarterfinal as well as against St. Charles North in the state semi-final.
Left fielder Drew Komendant signed with The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Komendant, who has fought the injury bug in his career at St. Rita, has locked down the left field job this season thus far as he is off to a great start at the plate for the Mustangs.
Three-sport star Frank Napleton decided that baseball was the right choice for him in college, so he signed with Saint Leo University. Napleton, whose brother Marty preceded him at St. Rita and then played for Coach Rick O'Dette at St. Joseph College in Rensailler, IN, will now play for O'Dette at St. Leo after he took over the D-II baseball power after the closing of St. Joes. Napleton has also starred on the football field as a wide receiver/tight end for the Mustangs and on the ice as he was an All-Catholic League selection at forward. He also was the MVP of the summer state tournament in the Mustangs' run to the title.
Lastly, infielder Steve Insley signed with Moraine Valley CC. The senior infielder will see time at second, short, and third for the Mustangs as well as a designated hitter as his versatility in the field gives St. Rita some needed flexibility on defense.